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Scientific note: first global report of a bee nest built only with plastic

  • Mariana L. AllasinoEmail author
  • Hugo J. Marrero
  • Jimena Dorado
  • Juan Pablo Torretta
Scientific note


Agricultural plastic waste can alter wildlife diversity and behavior. Species survival will depend on their ability to adapt to new environmental conditions. In a seed-producing farm, a Megachile sp. nest made fully with plastic was found in a trap nest. This record represents the first one worldwide on revealing the use of plastic in the total construction of a bee nest.


solitary bees plastic adaptive flexibility 



We would like to thank Diego Vázquez for valuable comments on an earlier version of the manuscript and José Martín for allowing us to work in his field.

Author contributions

MLA and HJM conducted field sampling; MLA, HJM, JD, and JPT analyzed the data and wrote the paper. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Funding information

This study was supported by the INTA fellowship Disp. No. 942/15, Res. No. 108/17, PRET VAyNE-1251510, PROFEDER-785140, and PANAPI-1112044.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariana L. Allasino
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hugo J. Marrero
    • 2
  • Jimena Dorado
    • 3
  • Juan Pablo Torretta
    • 4
  1. 1.Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico para la Agricultura Familiar Región CuyoINTASan JuanArgentina
  2. 2.Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de las Zonas SemiáridasCONICETBahía BlancaArgentina
  3. 3.Instituto Argentino de Investigaciones de las Zonas ÁridasCONICETMendozaArgentina
  4. 4.Cátedra de Botánica General, Facultad de AgronomíaUniversidad de Buenos Aires and CONICETBuenos AiresArgentina

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